5 Data Recovery Tools to Recover Deleted or Damaged Files

Nowadays, data is incredibly important to an individual or for any business. Various types of data are collected and stored by almost every organization in the world. Data is often extremely valuable to companies, and as such data recovery tools have become somewhat essential to businesses to help avoid data loss.

Free Data recovery toolsMany users use online data backup tool like Dropbox, Skydrive and many more, though they are the best to keep your data on cloud, but how do you deal with corrupt data on your hard-disk. How will you fix a video file which is partially downloaded and how about recovering your convocation pictures from a badly scratched CD/DVD.

Such situations keep coming and to make sure that we don’t lose out important data and recover them quickly, there are many paid and free software’s available in the market, which helps you to recover different types of data files on your system. Here I’m compiling a list of such data recovery software’s that you can use and recover your data without any pain or loss. Though, by the end it all depends upon how badly your data is corrupted and if it’s possible to recover it or not.

Anyhow, before we move ahead, here is a quick tip: Make sure you maintain 2-3 backup of your important data. You can take help of online storage websites like you can store all your images on sites like Flickr, Picasa. You can use Amazon S3 backup to store your important files and keep them safe and secure. You can use Evernote to keep a backup of important notes and web clips.

5 of The Best data recovery tools available:

Here, I’m sharing those data recovery software’s which works for different media files and most of them are completely free. Though there are many amazing paid options which work out of the box, but these free once are none the less.

1. Undela : Free Data recovery tool

Undela is an exceptional, free-to-use program that has the ability to recover deleted files very quickly. It is even possible to recover data from damaged hard disks using Undela. In the event of a virus attack or power failure, Undela can recover any deleted files. As well as hard drives, you can recover data from a variety of media types, including MP3 players, SD Cards for your digital camera and USB memory sticks.

No matter what document type has been lost, whether an e-mail, image, audio or video file Undela can easily recover it. Even if the file has been deleted from the Recycle Bin you may still be able to retrieve it. Supported file allocation types include NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16, and FAT32 in Windows, and XFS in Linux.

In addition the software is easily accessible to all users due to its multilingual interface. Currently supported languages are English, German, French, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Deleted files are easily searchable by file name or mask. The tool also presents previews of any  deleted document. <Link>


  • Recover deleted files even when emptied from the Recycle Bin
  • Recover files deleted in the event of a virus attack or power failure
  • Recover compressed files
  • See a preview of deleted documents and image files
  • Retrieve multiple files using one click
  • Search deleted files by file name or mask
  • Select hard drives to be scanned for files
  • Languages currently supported include English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.

Key Advantage:

  • Recover deleted data from a range of different media types, e.g. flash cards, hard drives, USB devices, digital camera SD cards, smart cards and more.

2. CD Recovery Toolbox

Free CD recovery Software

CD Recovery Toolbox is another free data recovery tool, ideal for recovering data from damaged, corrupt, scratched CDs or DVDs. In addition this tool is also able to recover files from HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs. The tool is very easy to use: simply select the drive and the files you wish to recover to start the process. The recovery is usually very quick,  though the effectiveness of the recovery may depend on the extent of the damage to the source media.

If your CD is severely scratched, the recovery process will take longer, and may sometimes fail to recover all the lost files. It does however help to recover a large amount of data that may otherwise be lost forever. <Link>

Key Advantage:

This tool is really easy to use and ensures quick data retrieval from any scratched and damaged CD/DVD.

3. Mail PassView

To ensure effective backup of any e-mail information, use Mail PassView to export your email account settings. A number of email applications are supported, including  Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail (Hotmail), Incredimail and Eudora. Run the software to find your Email login details (username and password) and any other details from your e-mail client.

The recovered information can be exported as a text file or copied onto the clipboard to be pasted into a Word Document or any other text file. A word of warning: your antivirus software may consider an e-mail retrieval tool as a hacking tool and as such might alert you when you attempt to run the program. <Link>

Key Advantage:

Another piece of software that is really simple to use, supporting a range of email clients,  easily exporting your account details and passwords should you require it.

4. MP3val

Recover corrupt mp3 songs

If you’re looking to recover corrupt MP3 files, MP3val is the ideal piece of data recovery tool for media files. This tool enables you to scan and fix MP3 files that have lost data. Occasionally MP3 files are rendered unplayable due to an incomplete download or sometimes because of other issues.

MP3val is able to fix the majority of these issues and will also automatically create a backup file of the original file. In addition to restoring MP3 files, you can also use this software to fix MPEG files. Unfortunately these are the only types of files that can be restored.  The software gives very fast results. As standalone software there is no installation necessary. MP3val uses a front-end GUI with a command-line version. <Link>

Key advantage:

MP3Val fixes corrupt MP3 and MPEG files, automatically creating a backup of the original files. Crucially no installation is necessary.

5. DivFix++


If you’re looking to restore data from partially downloaded video files, look no further than DivFix++. You can use this tool to fix any DivX (AVI) movie files. The tool will  build the index element of the file, which is the part that frequently goes missing if a movie download is incomplete. There is a built-in error-detection feature that can identify the problem with the file and fix it. Original files are always backed up. <Link>

The software offers Multilingual Support and also supports a number of operative systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.

Well these are just few of many data recovery tools that I can think of now and there are many others for Wi-fi password, exchange password and many more specific software’s, which we will cover into next article of our data recovery series. If you want to share any other free software, do let me know via comment. Also, if you find this post useful don’t forget to share it on Google plus and Facebook.


Article by Harsh Agrawal

Harsh has written 159 articles.

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